is the debut novel from award-winning poet Caleb Klaces
combining prose and poetry in an experimental work of verse fiction.
Following the birth of their first child, a couple move out of the capital to the northern countryside, where they believe the
narrator?s great-grandfather, a Russian emigrant, was laid to rest. The
father dedicates himself to parenting, writing and conversation with his
dead ancestor, newly conscious of the ties that bind the present to the
past. It is a time of startling intimacies, baby-group small talk, unexpected relationships and tender rhythms, when
every clock seems to tell a different time, and the solidity of language is
broken. As his daughter begins to speak, the father?s gentleness turns to
unexplainable rage. He begins to question who he must protect his child
from ? the outside world or himself. Their new house, the family
discover, is built on a floodplain.
Moving between history, memory and autobiography, its shifting form
captures a life and language split open by fatherhood. An experiment in
rewriting masculinity, it asks how bodies can share both a house and a